Hispanic & Border Health Concentration
Overview of public health field, public
health profession, & MPH degree
UTEP’s MPH program
Program & curriculum overview
MPH course schedule
Profession: diverse, dynamic
Perspective: social justice
Aim: to promote health,
prevent disease, and
improve quality of life in
Conduct disease outbreak
investigations. Lobby legislators to improve
health care coverage for low-
Design programs to increase income families.
child physical activity and
reduce obesity. Plan environmental health
Conduct community health
surveys. Manage pregnancy and
Develop natural disaster and
anti-bioterrorism response Plan HIV/AIDS & TB prevention
Lead cancer, asthma and Work as public health
diabetes prevention initiatives. physicians, nurses, dentists.
Public, private, non-profit organizations
health agencies companies
Federal organizations Professional
Hospitals, clinics, HMO’s organizations
Industry and business
Colleges & universities
International agencies Health consulting firms
Many public health jobs require a graduate
degree in public health.
MPH is most widely recognized and highly
regarded credential for public health
Gives competitive edge: provides broad
knowledge & analytical/technical skills
needed to be effective public health leader.
Growing public health worker shortage
Need 250,000+ new public health workers by
2020 to combat new, evolving and emerging
public health threats; aging U.S. population
Growing shortage in Texas (Task Force on the
Future of Public Health in Texas, 2005).
New UTEP College of Health Sciences/School of Nursing Building
(scheduled completion date: Spring 2011)
Prepares students for public health practice and
leadership in public, non-profit, & private sectors.
Cohort program (Fall admission only)
Unique “Hispanic and Border Health”
Combines classroom instruction, supervised
public health practice, & research experience.
Most fulltime students can expect to complete 42
credit hr. degree in 4 regular + 1 summer semester.
All MPH courses held in late afternoons-early evenings
to accommodate working professionals.
Teaching & research assistantships; financial aid
available for qualified students.
Field research training opportunities in Latin America
• Core courses enhance knowledge &
skills in 5 major public health
Social & behavioral sciences
Health services administration & policy
(15 credit hrs)
Prepares students for public health
practice in Hispanic and border
Responding to infectious
diseases in Hispanic & border
Eliminating health disparities
MPH course project
Public health evaluation &
(9 credit hrs)
PUBH elective course examples:
Health Education & Promotion
Public Health Nutrition
Health, Illness & Health Care in Latin
Field Research Methods
GIS Methods in Public Health
Courses from other UTEP depts.
(6/9 credit hrs)
Practicum site examples:
El Paso City Public Health Dept.
Applies public Texas State Dept. of Public Health
health theory U.S.-Mexico Border Health
& skills to a Association
real world Pan American Health Organization
public health Centers for Disease Control &
American Dental Association
(6 credit hrs)
integrate, and apply
knowledge and skills
coursework and other
Grad. research project MPH thesis preparation seminar
(6/9 credit hrs)
Year 1 Year 2
1. Fall Semester 4. Fall Semester
Social & behavioral approaches Responding to infectious
to public health diseases in Hispanic & border
Health services administration & communities
policy Elective course
Biostatistics in public health Thesis 1
2. Spring Semester 5. Spring Semester
Epidemiology Eliminating health disparities
Environmental health Elective course
Public health evaluation & Thesis 2
3. Summer Semester
Earned undergraduate/professional degree from
accredited U.S. institution or recognized foreign
Minimum 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA for all prior
GRE scores (general exam)
Demonstrated prior public experience and/or
International applicants only: UTEP minimum
Completed UTEP application form.
Official college/university transcripts.
Official GRE General Test scores (or MCAT).
Three letters of recommendation from
Current professional resume/CV.
A 500-word statement describing prior public
health/ health experience, reasons for
pursuing MPH degree, future career plans.
Completed applications by May 15th preferred for
All application documents must be submitted to
UTEP Graduate School . Apply online:
Applicants advised to contact potential faculty
research mentors prior to applying: see FACULTY
master-of-public-health (includes office no., tel. & emails)
Prometric Test Center (GRE & TOEFL)
Address: 5807 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79912 (next
to Sylvan Learning Ctr.)
UTEP Student Assessment & Testing Office
Address: Academic Advising Center Bldg. Room 127
Tel: (915) 747-5009
Dr. Meg Weigel, Director
Dept. of Public Health Science
College of Health Sciences
1100 N. Campbell Street #702
MPH Program Website: